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Sustainability 2017, 9(5), 744; doi:10.3390/su9050744

Analysis of Existing Problems and Improvement Schemes for Substituting Electricity for Scattered Coal in China

School of Economics and Management, North China Electric Power University, Beijing 102206, China
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Received: 6 March 2017 / Revised: 20 April 2017 / Accepted: 28 April 2017 / Published: 4 May 2017
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Abstract

In recent years, a coal-induced haze erupted over a large area in China. Implementing a strategy of substituting electricity for scattered coal (hereafter referred to as SEFSC) for the control of scattered coal is thus urgently needed. In particular, there lies great practical significance in analyzing the existing problems and improving the path of SEFSC in order to ensure rapid and effective advancement in this area. In light of this, the current paper first analyzes the distribution of China’s scattered coal and the relevant policy implementation, and discusses the potential for China to implement SEFSC. Secondly, PEST (policy, economy, society and technology) analysis is used to analyze the existing problems in China’s SEFSC strategy. From this, it becomes clear that the effect of scattered coal handling is still poor due to poor policy implementation, a weak economy, a low level of social acceptance and technical bottlenecks. Finally, based on the present situation and existing problems, this paper puts forward recommendations for improving China’s SEFSC strategy. View Full-Text
Keywords: control of scattered coal; energy substitution; existing problems; strategies for improvement; China control of scattered coal; energy substitution; existing problems; strategies for improvement; China
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Liu, R.; Li, Q.; Zhao, Y. Analysis of Existing Problems and Improvement Schemes for Substituting Electricity for Scattered Coal in China. Sustainability 2017, 9, 744.

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